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Downtown Comes Alive During Berkeley Heights Street Fair

Fun was had by all ages at the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on Sunday, June 28. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Children enjoying painting at Bottle and Bottega with their TAPinto balloons.
Hilary and Jim Froehlich of Anything Floral. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Jackson Liu and Joe Stout from Mara's Cafe and Bakery Credits: Bobbie Peer
Dr. Pat Smith of Smith Chiropractic at the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Tent. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Runnells Hospital Credits: Bobbie Peer
Councilman Craig Pastore (running for re-election) Council Candidate Mike D'Aquila and Union County Republican Freeholder Candidate, Joe Bonilla 
Dr. Pat Smith Credits: Bobbie Peer
Dr. Pat Smith with Councilman Craig Pastore Credits: Bobbie Peer
Bob Bocchino talks to residents about township engineering. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Kayla's Creative Art Studio  Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Stephanie Skidmore, Sales Director for Mary Kay  Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Bill Machado, Democratic candidate for Town Council with Denis Smalley, Ed Marchelitis and Stephen Yellin.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Fountain of Youth Spa Credits: Bobbie Peer
Monk Home Improvements Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
The Pink Buttercup Pop-up Bakery in Berkeley Heights Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
White Tiger Dojo teaching martial arts moves to children. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Bottle and Bottega set up in front of their store on Springfield Avenue. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Rebecca Candeloro singing "Popular" on the band stand.
eMedical Urgent Care had  200 young guests learning first aid in the Teddy Bear Clinic at Sunday's Street Fair. 
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Berkeley Heights Nursing and Rehab 
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Credits: Suburban Chamber of Commerce

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A morning drizzle  brought on challenges as the vendors set up and lined Springfield Avenue for the third annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair this past Sunday. The rain cleared with plenty of time for the crowd to enjoy the town-wide block party. 

Springfield Avenue was anchored with pony rides and inflatable slides, rides and games to entertain the kids -- with everything from bird houses, dream catchers, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, local home improvement companies, realtors, banks, hands on martial arts instruction, canvas painting, throwing footballs with the "Jets", and eMedical's Teddy Bear Clinic inbetween. The food garden offered plenty of tasty options, with a band stand showing off local talent.

Now, everyone in town knows that thousands of people will come through Berkeley Heights on this date, said Dr. Pat Smith, Suburban Chamber of Commerce Chair.  "People can see what Berkeley Heights offers -- attention is on Berkeley Heights."

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"This brings  the whole town together," said Councilman Craig Pastore. "You have all kinds of booths and all different kinds of businesses [new and established] -- everyone gets to see what everyone else is doing."

It was an opportunity for residents to meet the political candidates, shake hands with a police officer, ask questions to the DPW and thank a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad EMT. 

 "I think the street fair is great," said Pastore. "We are getting the town people out. They get to see all of the new things that are going on around town."

The crowd was steady. As the people walked down Springfield Avenue, they couldn't help but notice the construction and landscape improvements taking shape. 

"You don't get to walk in the street and spend time seeing downtown when you are rushing here and there and everywhere else," said Pastore. 

"You get to see what is going on downtown. What we are doing with the landscape, it makes a huge difference," said Pastore.

Vendors reported an uptick in business. Sheri Levine Shea, owner of Kayla's Creative Art Studio took reservations in each of her three scheduled classes and inquiries for future parties. 

"It was a terrific first year at the street fair for us," said Darren DeMarco of White Tiger Dojo. "We saw many great families interested in seeing what the White Tiger Dojo difference is all about. Thank you Berkeley Heights and the Suburban Chamber of Commerce."

The Berkeley Heights Street Fair, produced by JC Promotions Inc. for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.

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